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MMA Fans React To Dana White Storming Out of Howie Mandel’s Podcast After 30 Seconds

Dana White will announce the main event for UFC 300. Credit: Getty Howie Mandel. PHOTO: LEON BENNETT/GETTY

Dana White may rub a lot of people the wrong way, but the opposite could also be true. There must be something about Howie Mandel that put off the UFC president so he did the next best thing—he walked out of the podcast 30 seconds into the episode.

White’s stunt confused and stunned Mandel and practically everyone who watched the half-minute clip. The Canadian comedian was just showering the UFC boss with praise in the introduction. After that, White gave up and went his way.

Check out the actual clip shared on X (formerly Twitter) via Happy Punch:

Howie Mandel: Not only an amazing businessman, you are an inspiration, you are a philosopher, the way you do business, the way you conduct your business, and your friendships, and media, is, I’m jealous. But Dana, I can’t thank you enough for being here. 

Dana White: Thank you for all the kind words. I appreciate it. I am so f–king tired of doing podcasts. I’m literally done with them. I’m not doing any more podcasts.

Howie Mandel and Dana White’s first and last words before White walked out of Mandel’s podcast

According to fans, there could be two possible explanations. One, it’s simply a stunt, and two, White could be tired of the “fake praise” thrown his way.

Nevertheless, some fans saw the situation as a glass half full, with a sprinkle of sarcasm, of course.

What Really Happened?

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 06: (L-R) UFC president Dana White speaks with Joe Rogan during the UFC 181 event inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

The UFC CEO and president have had brushes with the media in the past. However, he generally enjoys being on podcasts, especially the past 19 episodes he guested in. 

For instance, White did three episodes with the Nelk Boys, and one of those was with Mike Tyson. He did one episode with The Vivek Show this year and that was about it.

Is White simply done with podcasts or did Mandel’s excessive praise turn him off? Do you think he could have handled it with more grace or do you think Mandel deserved it?